Against the backdrop of dwindling economic fortunes, stakeholders in the business sector will converge in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State on Saturday to brainstorm on doing business in Nigeria.
The event, billed to hold at Obafemi Awolowo University, is part of the three-day annual national reunion of OAU Muslim Graduates’ Association of the university.
A statement by Prof. Wahab Egbewole, the National President of the association, said Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), a business tycoon, would speak on the theme of the conference: “Doing Business in Nigeria: Challenges of a Muslim Practitioner.”
Babalakin, the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Construction Company, would be assisted by an Economist, Ahmed Popoola, the Managing Director CRC Credit Bureau Limited, as Lead Discussant.
Egbewole said other renowned economists would be among the discussants, while Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, would chair the occasion.
He said the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Tale Omole, would be the Special Guest of Honour, while Malam Yusuf Ali (SAN) and Alhaji Rafiu Ebiti would be the Guests of Honour.
According to Egbewole, the public lecture is part of UNIFEMGA’s contribution toward creating an enabling environment for business activities in the country for the benefit of the incoming new government.
Highlights of the three-day event, which would commence on May 8, include special Jumat service, courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Annual General Meeting and empowerment programme for the students.
Others are: handing over of the 30-year old multi-million Naira OAU central mosque project to the Muslim Community, retreat for couples in a family picnic and visitation to UNIFEMGA student hostel projects.
Other events are award of scholarship for the students, keep fit exercise, novelty match, visitation to UNIFEMGA student hostel projects and press conference marking the end of the conference.
Over 250 delegates are expected to attend the reunion from all the branches of the association both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.